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Another baby died today on Heat Stroke Awareness Day;

11th tragedy this year


June 8, 2016 - KidsAndCars.org and grieving parents double-down on the need for technology to help prevent children from dying needlessly in hot cars.   


As we work to raise awareness today, an 8-month-old baby died today in Baton Rouge, LA.  This is the eleventh child who has died this year in a hot car which represents a 275% increase compared to last year at the same time.


On average once every nine days an innocent young child tragically dies due to heatstroke in a vehicle. As part of National Child Vehicular Heatstroke Prevention and Awareness Day June 8, grieving parents sent a letter to Anthony Foxx, secretary of the Department of Transportation (DOT), and Dr. Mark Rosekind, administrator for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), calling for immediate action on this pervasive problem. 


The families insist on technology to help prevent parents and caregivers from unknowingly leaving children alone in vehicles and enduring a lifetime of pain, sorrow and grief. This cycle continues year after year as the auto industry refuses to add simple, existing driver-reminder technology to their vehicles, and Federal officials are not giving serious attention to Congressional directives to test available technologies.


The official start of summer, June 20, hasn't even arrived yet, and already this year eleven children have died from heatstroke inside vehicles. That's a 275% increase compared to last year at the same time. "The worst thing any parent or caregiver can do is think that this could never happen to them or that they are not capable of unknowingly leaving their child behind," says Janette Fennell, founder and president of KidsAndCars.org, the leading national nonprofit child safety organization working solely to prevent injuries and deaths of children in and around motor vehicles.


"This can and does happen to the most loving, responsible and attentive parents; no one is immune," Fennell continued. Since 1990, more than 750 children have died in these preventable tragedies. An average of 37 children die needlessly every year from vehicular heatstroke.   


The Peabody family lost their daughter, Maya to heatstroke in October 2008. The Peabodys are a perfect example of devoted, caring parents. They have been foster parents all the way up to the therapeutic level, adoptive parents, advocates for the under privileged and have raised numerous children who weren't their own. "I never thought this could happen to my family. My husband is a loving, responsible and doting father who goes far beyond expectations when it comes to keeping our children safe. If this can happen to him, it can happen to anyone. Technology is needed to make sure that no other child has to suffer the way that our sweet Maya did. Our family will never be the same," said Dawn Peabody of Phoenix, AZ.


Joan Claybrook, former NHTSA administrator also calls on Secretary Foxx to quickly initiate a rulemaking to require a safety standard that includes technology that alerts the driver if a child is inadvertently left behind. "Other lifesaving technologies to save children are now standard equipment on all vehicles. Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children (LATCH), trunk releases, rear view cameras in 2018, and safer power window switches are great examples where a deadly problem existed and a cost-effective solution was required by the government to make vehicles safer for children; and these advancements have saved countless lives."


"We encourage individuals in all communities to take action if you see a child alone in a vehicle. Try to find the driver of the vehicle, call 911 and if the child seems to be in imminent danger, break the window furthest away from the child to rescue them," stressed Amber Andreasen, director of KidsAndCars.org. The organization offers a small tool called resqme™, an all-in-one seatbelt cutter and window breaker that fits on your keychain.  The spring-loaded device is tapped on the corner of a car window and the glass is shattered. (http://bit.ly/15NMOWj)


KidsAndCars.org and their safety partners will post facts and safety tips throughout the day about how child vehicular heatstroke can be prevented. They are calling on the public and media outlets to join in to support this national effort. Facebook, Twitter users and others can find photos, graphics and posts to share at http://www.kidsandcars.org/heatstroke-day.html.


Through the "Look Before You Lock" educational campaign, the first of its kind, KidsAndCars.org has already distributed more than 750,000 safety information cards to birthing hospitals nationwide. This education campaign will continue, but at the same time technology is needed to prevent these tragedies.


For additional information, statistics and charts specific to child vehicular heat stroke visit http://www.kidsandcars.org/heatstroke-day.html.


An eye opener and everybody should read this. I am going to donate and order the resqme tool.
Posted by audreyflowers at 6/9/2016 10:40:12 AM

A good way to prevent this is DO NOT FORGET YOUR CHILD IS IN THE VEHICLE!!

Just sounds like they want someone else watching over them so they do not have to, more of the same ole same ole taking the responsibility away from the ones that should be responsible.

Then when a system fails they can turn around and sue someone for something they should have done in the first place. I am sorry folks there is no excuse for forgetting a BABY/infant is in the vehicle with you! period! That is why they call it being a PARENT!
Posted by Slappy at 6/9/2016 4:44:48 PM

These tools are cheap. When living on or near the water 5 years ago I bought everyone in the family one and two of my friends that live on canals. Bought for water type rescues and wrecks but never have thought about a BABY being left in the car. You can get them in auto parts stores or anywhere on line. Any point object with a sharp quick blow will bust out a window in a vehicle.
When they say it can happen to anyone I guess they met anyone that is so careless as to leave an infant in the car! You guard a baby wif (with) your life and they are put ahead of everything in any daily situation!

When a child is left in a vehicle the parent/caregiver is thinking about something else and not what they are suppose to be thinking about! Children come first and that is it!!

It only happens to the ones that FORGET ABOUT THEIR CHILDREN!
Posted by Slappy at 6/9/2016 10:20:14 PM

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